Elana Segal's Music Studio

My Music Staff Features

  Sunday, December 10, 2023 by Elana Segal | Music Lessons

Getting started with My Music Staff:

  1. Setup your portal. Each student/parent will have access to a personal MMS Portal to view lesson assignments, reschedule lessons, track progress and more.
  2. Sync the lesson schedule to your preferred calendar. Go to "Calendar" » "Options" » "Sync Calendar". 
  3. Setup lesson reminders via email or text message through “Profile Settings” in your portal.
  4. Attendance and lesson notes will be taken at the end of each lesson and will be available for view in the student/parent lesson portal.
  5. If you need to cancel/reschedule a lesson, visit the calendar. Find the lesson you wish to cancel. Click the lesson, then “cancel lesson”. MMS will issue you a “makeup credit”. You can then pick any open lesson spot to reschedule your lesson. 


What to Expect from Private Music Lessons

  Sunday, June 18, 2023 by Elana Segal | Music Lessons

If you are new to music lessons, here are general expectations for the six months of lessons:


What to expect in your first  lesson:
  1. Learn the parts of the your instrument
  2. Learn to assemble and care for your instrument
  3. Learn to read music notation, including rhythms and pitches
  4. Create a sound on your instrument

What  to expect in your first month of lessons:
  1. Continue to learn music notation
  2. Create more sounds (pitches) on your instrument
  3. Play with great posture and embouchure
  4. Play simple songs and exercises from your method books

What  to expect from 6 months of lessons:
  1. Expand the range of notes (pitches) you can play
  2. Incorporate dynamics (loud/soft sounds) into your music
  3. Learn songs with more complex rhythms 
  4. Have a daily practice routine of warmups, scales, technical exercises and songs 


What  to expect for transfer students:
Transfer students are students switching from another private teacher. 
  1. Evaluation of current skills
  2. Discuss goals for lessons
  3. Review materials, scales, repertoire, etc.
  4. Create a plan for future lessons moving forward


I would love to hear from you! What are your questions about private music lessons? 

Virtual Music Lessons

Saturday, February 17, 2024 by Elana Segal | Music Lessons


There are many reasons a music lesson might be moved to Zoom, including illness and inclement weather. 


Here are some tips for having the best virtual lesson experience:

  • Position your laptop/tablet so your instrument is visible
  • Update the Zoom app regularly 
  • Make sure your device is charged 
  • Find a quite space with a strong WiFi signal 


Zoom Audio Configuration: 

See photos bellow. iPads/tablets will only need to complete steps 1-2, students using a computer/laptop will need to complete steps 1-3.

  1. Open "audio settings"
  2. Click "Enable Original Audio" or "Original Sound for Musicians"
  3. Uncheck "Automatically adjust microphone volume"
  4. If you are using headphones, make sure to adjust the speaker and input settings from the "audio settings" window




Audio settings for computers.



Audio settings for iPads/tablets.


Setup for a virtual piano lesson.